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Role Profiles

All roles at the University Grades 1 – 10 are fully evaluated by a trained panel of HERA (Higher Education Role Analysis) Role Analysts.

If you are recruiting for a new or existing role that has changed substantially you will need to complete the Role Description Form (both Part 1 & Part 2). This form will need to be evaluated by HERA, following this evolution, a grade and role matching code will be allocated to the role. If the position you are looking to recruit already exists please ensure you have updated the job description on this template. 

We have created generic role profiles using the different level and stream of the National Library of Academic Role Profiles and tailored to suit the purpose of Edinburgh Napier University. These profiles ensure consistency and provide clear promotion routes within the University. 

Academic Role Profiles

All academic role descriptions and person specifications have been standardised to ensure they are in line with our academic career development framework, within this framework, there are four academic pathways:

  • Research 
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Enterprise
  • Professional Practice 

Candidates should demonstrate their experience and achievements by addressing the criteria linked to the pathway advertised. Please note that the majority of vacancies should be advertised using the research pathway. The criteria for each of the routes are defined as the following: 

Esteem: Academic profile: recognition nationally & internationally. Public engagement: press and media, events and exhibitions, public policy 

Innovation: Contribution of Knowledge: publications, presentation, performance or exhibitions. Impact: demonstrable influence on practice, performance, knowledge, products or public policy 

Contribution: Income generation: grants, external funding, business growth. Institutional Citizenship: collaboration with colleagues, actively contributing to the successful operation of the university, committee and working group engagement 

Academic Leadership: Leadership: building formal and inform team and communities of proactive within the University. Successful management: managing team, projects and resources. Capacity Building: mentoring of staff, postgraduate research supervision, diversification of university activity

Below are the standard role profiles, please ensure you delete the irrelevant pathways prior to attaching to your SAF: 

Research Positions:


Consultant Profiles